11 de junio de 2017

ARIZONA Rescata el Dr Nash la mansion Bowman......con todo y fantasma


Nogales, AZ.-The first time Hunter Nash entered his home, he was trespassing. Driving around Nogales one day after work in the late 1980s, a large white house with columns, heavy wood-and-glass doors and two stories of wrap-around porches caught Nash’s eye. “I went up to the front door and it looked like no one was living there,” 

Nash said. “So I let myself in through the basement, walked around and just fell in love with it,” the 60-year-old dentist said. “But I never knew that I would be able to buy it,” he added. After 10 years passed, Nash saved up enough money to move into his dream house with his family. When asked about his favorite parts of his home, Nash said, “besides everything,” he loves its dark oak doors and built-in furniture, as well as the organic, curvy, flower-like motifs that decorate its balconies, doors and columns.

 He described the residence, which sits off Pajarito Street and offers views of the Ambos Nogales border region, as a “California bungalow on steroids,” referring to his mansion-sized home built in an architectural style closely linked to the Arts and Crafts movement. Nash decorated his house with 1900-1930s vintage and replica Arts and Crafts furniture, ceramics and light fixtures defined by handcrafted, simple, functional designs, in contrast to the earlier ornate Victorian style. 

 Standing in the living room in front of a wooden and leather set of chairs, tables and footrests, he explained that all decorative parts – such as circular pinheads that hold a piece of furniture together – are also functional, which he said “shows the integrity of the piece.” “There’s nothing on this chair that’s superfluous,” he added. “They’re objects of art that were made available to the middle class,” Nash said, noting that people could buy Arts and Crafts furniture, ceramics or even an entire home from a Sears catalog.

 However, as evident by its size, Nash’s home was not built for the middle class. It was built between 1913-1918 by wealthy Nogales entrepreneur and one-term mayor Wirt Bowman. But the businessman, his wife Magdalena and their daughters moved out of the mansion after only one year. Local historian Axel Holm said a Nogales Herald article recounts how the Bowman’s youngest daughter and her friends were playing with matches outside the Bowman House when her fluffy white dress “just went up like a torch.

” The 4-year-old died from her burns a day or two later inside the home. Magdalena Bowman, Holm said, “couldn’t stand the house anymore,” and the family moved out. Nash wasn’t aware that someone had died in the house when he moved in, but said two of his sons reported having paranormal experiences in the home. “This would be considered possibly the most haunted house (in Nogales),” he said. “On Halloween night, the little kids have to come up all the steps and many times they don’t even make it.” 

 Built to entertain Besides its Arts and Crafts style, another feature of the Bowman House is that it was designed for high society entertaining. Guests attending parties would have been dropped off by their driver under the porte-cochère – an arched balcony – and enter through a set of French doors. Inside, they would have found a large wood and green-tiled fireplace in the living room, a wooden cabinet and buffet table built into the dining room walls, and a library on the second floor of the house offering vistas of the rolling hills of Ambos Nogales. Partygoers were attended to by a servant who lived in a room at the rear of the first floor. 

That room connects to a narrow hallway that leads to the kitchen and a narrow staircase that intersects with the grand staircase that begins in the foyer. The narrow hallway and staircase was meant to keep the servant out of sight from the family and its guests. The exterior door panels are made of high-quality oak, but the inside panels, which were only seen by the servants, are made of cheaper materials. After a night of entertaining, the family could walk into the upstairs hallway, lift open the seat of a bench built into the wall, and dump their party clothes down a shoot that leads to the downstairs laundry room.

 Nash said that when his kids still lived in the house, the family would take advantage of the home’s entertaining infrastructure by hosting large parties at Christmas and, quite fittingly, Halloween. “We had the best Halloween parties here,” Nash said of his supposedly haunted and party-ready home.